Tenth Annual Great Idea Competition Now Open for Applications

For Immediate Release

Contact:   Mary Richie: (218) 259-5565

Tenth Annual Great Idea Competition Now Open for Applications.

Winner will receive up to $10,000 to fund a community project.

[STILLWATER, April 1, 2022] – What would you do if you were given up to $10,000 to make our community a better place? This year will mark a decade of community projects that have received funding through Stillwater Area Community Foundation’s Great Idea Competition.

Previous winners have used grants to launch a wide range of projects: planting a pollinator garden, opening a dog park, spiffing up utility boxes with the work of local artists, and making the Main Street stairs more beautiful. Last year’s winner is giving hundreds of area school kids the opportunity to spend a day on the St. Croix River.

Now, it’s your chance. Applications for the 2022 Great Idea Competition are being accepted
through July 1.

Competition guidelines are intentionally vague to encourage creativity: The idea might make life more enjoyable for residents and visitors, address an environmental concern, help under-served citizens, or attract visitors and engage residents. The selection process considers whether the project enhances quality of life in the area, strengthens community connections, leaves a lasting impact, builds community pride, and represents innovative thinking.

Most importantly, it has to be more than an “idea.” Applicants also need to make it happen.

The opportunity extends beyond Stillwater to include all communities in the foundation’s service area: Bayport, Baytown Township, Grant, Lake Elmo, Marine on St. Croix, May Township, Stillwater, Oak Park Heights and West Lakeland Township north of Interstate 94.

Up to $10,000 will be granted to the winning Great Idea. Individuals, groups, businesses and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply. For more information and the application form, visit www.stillwaterareafoundation.org.


Stillwater Area Community Foundation is dedicated to keeping philanthropy local, and to  making the world better from Bayport to Marine and communities in between. We are a community foundation affiliate of the St. Croix Valley Foundation. Visit www.stillwaterareafoundation.org.

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